Sydney received critical acclaim for her performance as young Meggie in the miniseries, The Thorn Birds. She played the popular role of B.J. Walker on Santa Barbara, earning a 1993 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Younger Actress. In 1995, she earned an Outstanding Supporting Actress nomination as Julia Santos on All My Children. Sydney's entrance into show business came early. Her parents, country entertainers Hank and Shari Penny, took their daughter to many of their performances. On one occasion -- and without prompting -- Sydney, just three-and-a-half years old, jumped on stage and sang her own composition, "My Little Pony." Three years later, Sydney landed her first paying gig -- a toy commercial. Sydney's list of credits also include the TV series, The New Gidget, and the films Pale Rider, Running Away, and the French film, Bernadette. Off camera, Sydney enjoys horseback riding, cooking, and has "a passion for anything to do with the era of the 1930s and 1940s."